The
Campaign Team


CRCP Board
of Directors

Trevor Thomson

Trevor Thomson

 Chair

Trevor is currently a tax partner with Deloitte. Trevor has been involved with the firm for many years – both in Calgary and overseas. Trevor has been an active volunteer with various charitable organizations over the years – including a number of years with the Rotary Challenger Park. Trevor is passionate about the mission of the Rotary Challenger Park. On the personal side, Trevor has four children that keep him quite busy and enjoys travelling.

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Leslie Weekes, Vice Chair

 Vice  Chair

Leslie is a lawyer with Carscallen LLP. As a second generation Calgarian, she enjoys working with organizations seeking to improve life in the city, so Rotary Challenger Park’s mission resonates strongly with her. Leslie also serves on the board of the Distress Centre Calgary. She is married and the proud mother of three.

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Matt Noel-Bentley

Secretary/Treasurer

Matthew Noel-Bentley is Legal Counsel for Elbow River Marketing Inc. and Parkland Fuel Corporation. Matthew recently moved from Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) in their Corporate Commercial Group in Calgary. Matthew’s practice has a general corporate scope, with a focus/emphasis on the energy, electricity, and information technology industries. He assists clients with matters including financings, corporate restructuring, and drafting of major agreements with customers and suppliers.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Matthew served on the management team of a Calgary-based information technology company, where he was responsible for a team of over 60 people.

Matt volunteered with the BLG Read to Kids Program and the Calgary Legal Guidance. He is also Corporate Secretary for Startup Calgary.

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Norman Devitt

Director

Norm came to Calgary in 1953 and enrolled in the carpentry apprenticeship program at S.A.I.T, and then entered into the practical part of construction. This took him into cribbing basements, framing and interior finishing (hanging doors, building cupboards), etc.

This experience gave Norm an overall perspective of the building trade in Calgary. He joined the company of F.A. Wilson and formed the commercial division for them, which built offices and warehouses. In 1964, with partner Lorne Forand, they established their company – Devitt & Forand, which built commercial projects throughout Alberta such as the seven years of renovations at the General Hospital. Their company also built 2 stores for Golden Acres Nurseries, 2 stores for Moore’s Machine, conducted the renovations at McMahon Stadium, and built numerous community centres.

Brian Guichon

Brian Guichon

Director

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David Holden

Director

David was most recently a Project Manager with OnQuest Canada, a Direct Fired Heater company in Calgary that makes heaters for the refining business throughout the world. David has worked in various industries in his 30-year career including Elevators, HVAC, Auto Parts Manufacturing, Custom Solar Control and now Oil and Gas. For much of his career, David has been in a Project Management role and the construction industry.

David is active with the Queen’s University Alumni Association in Calgary and has been a Rotarian since 1996 in Kingston, London, and now with the Rotary Club of Calgary. David’s other volunteer activity is as a Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) facilitator. David is a four time Paul Harris Fellow in his support of the Rotary International Foundation.

Earl Huson

Earl Huson

Director

Earl has been a Division Sales Manager across Canada working for companies such as Scott Paper Company, Westco Distribution/Warehousing, Linkage Group, as well as Advantage Sales & Marketing/Cyba Stevens. Earl has an extensive background in consumer sales with a strong record of high achievement. Earl is also a dedicated and active Rotarian with the Calgary Rotary South Club; He also serves as a Board Member on the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Association, and is a committed golf tournament volunteer for Youth Unlimited and the Our Lady Queen of Peace.

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Doug MacDonald

Director

For more than 3 decades, Douglas MacDonald has invested time, talents and treasure to help future generations have fun adventures discovering new things and experiences so they can develop into capable, confident, and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world.

Doug is the Council Executive Director for two Scout Councils that help over 12,000 children, youth and young adults experience what Scouting has to offer. The councils support almost 6,000 volunteers in Alberta and the NWT guide and support young people as they become tomorrow’s engaged citizens.

Doug joined the Rotary Club of Calgary in 1993. Since joining the Rotary Club of Calgary, Doug has served on the Stay-in-School Committee and the Barbecue Committee. Doug also served as a member of the Board of Directors. He has served as the District 5360 Youth Protection Training Officer supporting the Youth Exchange Committee. In 1996, Doug coordinated the youth programs for the RI Convention in Calgary. Doug was honoured to be the Club president for 2012-2013.

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Toby Oswald-Felker

Director

Toby began her career with Canada Safeway in January 1990 when she was hired as manager of Public Affairs in Winnipeg. In 1992, she was promoted to Director of Public Affairs for the Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North Western Ontario Region.

During her tenure in Winnipeg, Toby received 2 Donald J. Smith Awards for distinguished service, Safeway’s highest employee commendation and was recognized in the community as a consummate communicator and contributor to many worthwhile organizations. She sat on the board of Variety Club, Manitoba Product Stewardship Corporation, Multicultural Advisory Council and played a major role in many important events that showcased the city of Winnipeg to the World.

Toby was appointed in 1996 to the position of Vice President of Public Relations and Government Affairs for Canada Safeway Limited, Calgary.

Greg Steinraths

Director

Greg is the Manager of the new Sport and Partnership Development Division (SPD) with the City of Calgary Recreation Business Unit. The SPD fosters a sustainable sport delivery system that enables Calgarians to experience and enjoy involvement in sport, and enhances quality of life. As the primary access point into The City of Calgary, SPD will collaborate with, consult, and advise partners and stakeholders to develop sport and ensure sport opportunities are accessible for all Calgarians. SPD is an advocate for the Civic Sport Policy and the Sport for Life model, which fundamentally guides the work we do. Greg has been with the City for the past 13 years and has taken on increasingly more responsible roles in the organization. Greg is a strategic thinker who has a history of building and leading effective teams within complex organizations requiring transformational change. Greg has worked in the Protective Services environment focusing on issues of public safety and as a strategist developing policies and business plans within the City of Calgary. Greg is married, father of two young boys who keep him very active coaching in a variety of sporting activities.

Brian Kozak

Brian Kozak

Director

Graduating from the Bachelor of Commerce program at the U of A in 1987, I began work in the field of commercial real estate as an agent in the Edmonton area. In 1989, I moved to Calgary, where I continued work as an agent with Graeme Young and Associates. I started and sold a pharmacy business in 1993, then went to work with Canada Safeway developing their store network in Western Canada.

I was recruited to Canadian Tire, where I opened and staffed their Western office, developing and building over 100 locations and investing over $1.0B from 1998-2004. From there I was again recruited, this time by First Capital Realty, where I was responsible for building their Western Canada division, with offices in Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria and Edmonton, eventually employing approximately 120 staff and investing and developing over $3.0B in retail commercial across Western Canada.

I am currently run a small investment and development company, active in Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria.

I am very interested in the outdoors and athletics, including hunting, hiking, fishing, skiing, surfing, biking and other activities. I have competed four times at the World Triathlon Championships in Florida, Chicago, Budapest, and London. I also race road bikes competitively and recently placed in third in the Provincial Masters Championship.

Kwabena- Oduro-Kontoh

Director

Kwabena was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, and after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Geography, immigrated to Canada where he studied Management and Accounting at the McGill University in Montreal.

Kwabena, an experienced finance professional, holds a Master of Science degree in Budget and Finance from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, in the United States of America.

He enjoys working with organizations seeking to provide supportive services that allow communities to thrive and has been an active volunteer with various non-profit organizations in Calgary over the years.

In the recent past, he has been a member of the Board for Pathways Community Services Association, a non-profit organization, committed to meeting the needs of Aboriginal children, youth and families; and remains actively engaged in the immigrant and community initiatives in Calgary.

He is married with two children.

Sheila MacLean

Sheila MacLean

Director

Staff/CRCP for
the Project

James Zackowski

James Zackowski,
Executive Director

Jim has been a CEO for more than 30 years and has significant senior management experience. Jim has a proven track record in leading change management processes, creating strategic alliances and the leveraging of resources. Jim has achieved positive organizational results even when resources are limited. He is a leader and catalyst; while being assertive and visionary in facilitating people and organizations to succeed. Jim has been Executive Director at Calgary Rotary Challenger Park Society for 9+ years and prior to that he was the Executive Director for 20 years at Hostelling International – Southern Alberta. Jim was also Manager for 4 years for the Western Canada Summer Games/North Eastern Winter Games and began his career in the Fort McMurray Public School District as Department Head and Teacher for 2 years.

Jim has been recognized for his work with Rotary International with a Rotary International Integrity Award.

Anar Dharshi

Anar Dharshi,
Asst. Executive Director

Anar Dharshi is the Assistant-Executive Director at Calgary Rotary Challenger Park. She is very passionate and dedicated to her role in building community. Anar has a background in business and brings with her a myriad of experience in customer service and communications. Anar immigrated to Canada from East Africa in the 1970s and secured employment with Bell Canada in Toronto, Ontario while completing college.

She continued to work for Bell for 7 years in the engineering department before seeking exciting new opportunities in Calgary with her husband and growing family. Upon her arrival in Calgary, she joined the TELUS team and worked in customer relations, special projects and human resources. With her background in business, Anar has always had a passion project growing on the side to keep her busy after her hours at the Park. Anar is delighted that she will be a first time grandmother early in 2015.